Interesting: Covad, Vonage, SkypePhone, Akamai HD, Hypres & Apple Airport

[qi:076] Covad to be acquired by Providence Equity Platinum Equity Partners for $1.02 a share in cash, a 59 percent premium to its closing price on Friday. Covad is one of the handful of independent broadband service providers to have survived the telecom bust. Providence, I suspect, will have Covad focusing on wholesale and wireless broadband. Maybe it is time for the private equity guys to take a cold, hard look at EarthLink (ENLK).

[qi:017] Vonage and Verizon kiss and make up. The patent fracas is going to end with a settlement that will see Vonage (VG) paying out either $80 million or $120 million. Vonage has seen seeking a rehearing of its case, and if it wins, Verizon (VZ) gets $80 million. No one can tell me that this patent mess isn’t about the money. The ironic thing is that the shareholders who bought into Vonage’s independence have seen their dollars end up in the pockets of the incumbents.

[qi:83] Skype launches 3SkypePhone. It was rumored for a while, but Skype (EBAY) and 3 have launched a Skype-branded phone that lets 3 customers make free Skype-to-Skype calls and send free Skype instant messages from their mobile phone to other Skypers by pushing a single Skype button on the phone.

[qi:032] Akamai shows how HD is done. Is the Net ready for HD video? Akamai (AKAM) says yes, and puts up a site for show-and-tell.

[qi:045] Hypres combines superconductivity with software radios. Hypres, a superconductor maker that we recently profiled, has signed a deal with SELEX Communications, a division of Finmeccanica Company (a huge defense and high-tech company in Italy), to develop an all-digital receiver for the SELEX Communications software-defined radio.

[qi:012] How good is Apple Airport Extreme (AAPL)? Information Week thinks it is better than the rest. It’d better be, given how expensive the damn thing is.

Britney, Euro iPhone, WiMAX in Japan, & AOL Dial-down

[qi:009] Britney Spears might have bombed at the MTV Video Awards, but she has proved to be da bomb for Viacom (VIAB), making visitors out of water cooler gossipers.
[qi:83] Will French, Brits and Germans fall for Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone? T-Mobile (Germany)and O2 (UK) think so, and Orange is hoping they will. And you want to know where they will launch next? Just look for places where EDGE networks are thriving.
[qi:025] Time Warner (TWX) is looking to sell AOL dial-up business and become a ad-supported company. Finally!
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Of Note: Motorola IPTV, Yahoo Music No-Go, Bottled Water and Jawbone

I am off to tape the show this morning — earlier than usual because of some personal issues. Regular programming will resume when I get back, but meanwhile, enjoy this early morning blog goodness.
[qi:032] Broadband Daily: Motorola might not be shipping too many mobile phones but it is selling a lot of IPTV set-top boxes; to date, it has shipped some two million of them. But then little Amino has shipped over a million.
[qi:009] Earth2Tech: Bottled Water bottles are evil and the earth’s worst enemy. Relax your green self, and check out these options. They are actually quite helpful.
[qi:004] WSJ: Yahoo Music is one of the services on the chopping block as part of Jerry Yang’s 100-Day Makeover.
[qi:056] WatchMojo: With Rupert Murdoch taking over Dow Jones, will someone step up and buy TheStreet.com? Like NBC, maybe?
[qi:80] Telegeography: Tele2’s Italian assets are garnering further interest. First Vodafone, now FastWeb is considering making a bid for Tele2’s Italian broadband business.
[qi:83] Techcrunch: When it rains it pours. Jawbone, maker of one of the best Bluetooth headsets on the planet, has secured funding from Sequoia Capital. The company struggled for the longest time to get funded, then Khosla Ventures stepped in with $5 million. I guess it’s that strong sales (momentum) Jawbone is having at the AT&T stores and Apple stores.

Interesting things for June 21, 2007 An iPhone app directory, You Tube, DotSpotting

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YouTube, bigger than BBC in UK. (link)

Social media burnout? YES YES AND YES

Addfone, an iPhone apps directory. Already? (link)

MySpace announces a beta for its IM.

VeohTV Giveaway: We are giving away beta invites for VeohTV. Get yours here.

Why has Vonage gone all quiet, Andy asks. Something’s brewing for sure!

Forget the eBay-Google fracas. Daily Motion, YouTube cat fight is more fun.

I am now getting my daily gossip fix from DotSpotter. A diggish site for celebrity stuff. Love it.

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June 11, 2007: Qwest, Dopplr & Continuous Partial Inattention

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Qwest CEO Dick Notebaert is leaving the company. With Ed Whitacre gone from AT&T, maybe the new AT&T will buy Q and keep putting the humpty-dumpty together.

Are we cursed by the CPM mindset? (link)

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Interesting: New Ask.com, Mobile Web, MT4 and More

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Ask.com relaunches in 3D, and its pretty nifty and pleasant. Search Engine Land says when compared to Google, in searches where Ask was better, it was because “due to the additional visual information and structured content on the page.

Six Apart launches MT4, a major release and its got some mad social skills.

Get access to your mac from anywhere using the new LogMeIn for Mac.

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Now isn’t that interesting

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Goodbye Ed Whitacre, Hello Randall Stephenson, the new CEO of AT&T and his new executive team. And 10 things about him.

Bubble, Not a Bubble, Bubble… Whatever. Welcome to the mad house Marc Andreessen who writes, “In reality it seems very difficult to predict either a bubble or a crash.” Read More about Now isn’t that interesting